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Starry Nights

About this design:

Never have I been interested in wire wrapping... until I broke my hip last August and had to spend a LOT of time in a recliner. I just needed the simplest supplies : Wire, beads, charms ( or not) and small end caps. I make my own wire forms. The size or shape depends on my mood and what is near. I've used chapstick tubes for my smaller earring forms and pill bottles for my larger teardrop forms. :-) I've thoroughly enjoyed designing many earrings and losing my thoughts on pain. Great therapy!

Forgive me for my lack of photo skills!

Components:

I either use 20 gauge or 18 gauge wire ( Lima has a nice selection), end caps made for leather in the 2mm size, seed beads of your choice... I like 11/0 but it all depends on the design. I did sneak in some montana gold luster demi's for stars in the navy cut beads. The charm is from Lima... stainless steel cz star.



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  1. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Such professional looking work! Your enforced time in a recliner seems to have paid big dividends. Hope you are feeling better and enjoying your hard won new wire skills!

  2. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Sorry to hear about your injury. You do very nice work. And you’ve only been doing it since August? That’s pretty amazing. I like the style. I like the stars. Jewelry making is good therapy for both mental and physical challenges.

  3. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Lovely earrings. I really like the way you sprinkled the gold demis amongst the navy beads. And he cz stars are perfect.

  4. Karokat
    Karokat says:

    Beautiful earrings! I’m sorry you broke your hip, but at least it had a bright side! The gold demi-rounds in with the navy beads is just the perfect touch!

    I always do beadweaving in my recliner, as I can’t sit upright for very long, and it does require some adjustments if you’re used to beading at a table. Especially if you have to rest your bead board on the back of a sleeping cat like I do. But any kind of creative art is therapeutic and distracts from pain, so it’s all good, even if you have to use chapstick tubes and pill bottles for your wirework!

  5. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    These are wonderful! I like how the demis add just a little sparkle, just like stars flickering on a dark night. The larger star drop really adds a bit of class with the embedded crystals. Hope to see some more of your lovely work! :)

  6. kye
    kye says:

    I almost missed these. They are so pretty. The star dangles are a super touch.

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Sorry to hear about your hip. It is crazy making to be limited in movement. I’d say you used your recliner time well. These ear rings are a gorgeous color and a great size. The design is one that has endless possibilities and all you need to do is change your bead color or wire color or circle size.

    Welcome to the Wonderful World of Wire Wrapping! I do wire work and have a great time just “fiddling around” with it. Sharpies and pill bottles are my go to when I need a round shape.

  8. ArtExpress
    ArtExpress says:

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I have had quite a challenge recovering from my injury and will add … I broke my femur on the same leg nine years ago! ( a previous orthopaedic doctor asked me if I was in a car accident) I have a 14 inch steel plate on my femur with a lot of screws and now a partial hip replacement. I’m metal from my knee to my hip … pretty sure a metal detector would scream if I walked through it! Depression from painful physical therapy has been nasty. Getting back to working with my beads has been the best mental therapy and makes me forget my woes until I try to stand up. I do wish I had better photos but will certainly share my newest creations when I download them from my camera. I’ve been stuck on the beaded earrings and anxious to get back to knotting some necklaces. I’ve forgotten how but I’m sure it will come back with a little practice. And, yes Karocat… it is a challenge beading when you have a lap full of two little dogs! My living room has transformed into my jewelry room where I drape items over my neck forms for inspiration.

    These earrings feature the lovely pink coral agate tubes from Lima and the 8/0 spicy metallic mustard seed beads from Lima as well. I liked the agate so well I bought more strands in the other colors as well! I so love the selection of beads Lima has to offer!

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